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11:57 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Ranting And Throwing Papers: An Angry Candidate Runs For Congress

Illinois state Rep. Mike Bost argues about gun legislation in 2013. Bost's angry rants have become a campaign issue in his race against Democratic Rep. Bill Enyart for Enyart's U.S. House seat.
Seth Perlman AP

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 9:43 am

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12:11 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Will Colorado's Growing Latino Vote Turn Out For The Midterms?

Two volunteers at a Senator Mark Udall field office in heavily Latino Adams County. They were there to help rally the Latino vote and knock on doors.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 10:55 am

Latinos make up about twenty percent of Colorado's population and continue to be a highly courted voting bloc. It's a group that more frequently votes for Democrats, but Latinos also turn out less often in midterm elections like 2014.

Republicans have long been trying to make inroads with Latino voters – especially in competitive states like Colorado – where a small number of votes could swing key races for the U.S. Senate and Governor.

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1:26 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

KVNF Candidate Interview: Cory Gardner

Republican challenger Cory Gardner faces Democratic incumbent Mark Udall in a hotly contested Colorado race that could decide which party controls the Senate.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Republican Congressman Cory Gardner stopped in Montrose for a voter meet-and-greet Monday.

Gardner is currently the U.S. Representative for Colorado's 4th Congressional District, which covers most of the eastern part of the state. He faces Democratic incumbent Mark Udall in a hotly contested race that could decide which party controls the Senate.

KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke to Gardner at his campaign event and brings us this candidate interview. 

Transcript 

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9:59 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Amendment 67 Seeks To Add The Unborn To The Definition of Person And Child

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 5:00 am

One of this November's statewide ballot questions may look familiar to Coloradans. For the third time since 2008 voters will decide the fate of an amendment dealing with the issue of personhood. This time around supporters are taking a different approach.

Amendment 67 would change the state's criminal code and wrongful death act to include the term "unborn human beings" when referring to a "person" or "child."

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4:45 am
Tue October 21, 2014

In Tight Races, Both Parties Bank On Early Votes

President Obama casts an early ballot for the midterm elections at the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Center in Chicago on Monday.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 12:48 pm

On the first day for in-person early voting in Illinois, President Obama went to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center to cast his ballot.

"I'm so glad I can early vote here," he told the elections worker checking him in.

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6:30 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Gardner Campaigns In Montrose

Republican challenger Cory Gardner faces Democratic incumbent Mark Udall in a hotly contested Colorado race that could decide which party controls the Senate.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Republican Congressman Cory Gardner stopped in Montrose for a voter meet-and-greet Monday afternoon.

More than 50 people attended the event hosted by the Montrose Republican Party.

They asked Gardner about voting legislation, energy, Colorado’s personhood amendment, and Obama’s presidency.

He also discussed education and national security.

Gardner is currently the U.S. Representative for Colorado's 4th Congressional District, which covers most of the eastern part of the state. He acknowledges that this is a conservative district.

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9:43 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Amendment 68: Should Gambling Be Expanded And Taxed For Education Funding?

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 7:02 am

While much of the attention the 2014 election season has been focused on Colorado's Senate and gubernatorial races, voters will also be deciding the fates of four statewide ballot questions. One of those questions seeks to expand gambling at racetracks to help fund K-12 education.

If approved, Amendment 68 would allow horse race tracks in Arapahoe, Mesa and Pueblo counties to offer slot machines, roulette, craps, and card games such as blackjack and poker. Arapahoe Park in Aurora is at the center of the campaign.

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2:23 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Turf Shifts In Culture Wars As Support For Gay Marriage Rises

People hold signs, including some reading "America is ready for marriage," at a same-sex marriage victory celebration on Oct. 6 in Salt Lake City, Utah. America may be ready, but Republicans aren't: Rising popular support for same-sex marriage is posing a problem for the GOP.
George Frey Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 11:47 am

When social norms change, sometimes they change so fast it's hard to keep up.

Only 10 years ago, ballot initiatives opposing gay marriage were helping Republicans win elections. But two weeks ago, when the Supreme Court effectively cleared the way for legal same-sex marriage, the response from Republican leaders was deafening silence.

They were so quiet, some wondered whether the culture wars had finally ended with a Republican defeat.

Gary Bauer, a longtime social conservative activist, thinks that's nonsense.

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9:02 am
Thu October 16, 2014

When Is It OK For Scientists To Become Political?

David Jones iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 4:32 pm

It's not everyday that a world famous climate scientist gets himself arrested in front of the White House. But that's exactly what happened to James Hansen in 2011 as part of a protest against the Keystone Pipeline.

In the 1980s it was Hansen's highly respected work that helped people realize that the climate change we humans were driving was real — and really dangerous.

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8:54 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Ebola Blame Game Takes The Stage At Midterm Election Debates

Ebola is the latest issue to spill into debates this season. Colorado Sen. Mark Udall (left) has blamed Republicans for cutting government health resources. His opponent, Rep. Cory Gardner, says the CDC has been spending wastefully.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 11:31 am

First there was ISIS. Now there's Ebola.

The Ebola health crisis is the latest global issue to become a fixture this campaign season, spilling into debates, campaign rhetoric — and even a few ads.

Political arguments about Ebola can roughly be divided into three groups.

Democrats argue that budget-cutting Republicans have deprived the government of the resources it needs to keep Americans safe from the threat of Ebola. That's the argument Democratic Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado made at a recent debate.

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8:39 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Hickenlooper Points To Successes On Economy, Bipartisanship

State of Colorado

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 8:38 am

After four years in office Governor John Hickenlooper is facing the toughest campaign of his political career. A recent poll from The Denver Post shows his race against Republican former Congressman Bob Beauprez statistically tied. What's more, Beauprez is also making gains on Hickenlooper in the Denver metro area and in rural Colorado.

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8:35 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Beauprez: 'What I'm Doing Is Standing Up For Colorado'

Bob Beauprez, pictured here in his official congressional photo from his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, 2006.
U.S. House

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 8:37 am

Former Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez is facing a close race against Governor John Hickenlooper in his gubernatorial bid. Back in 2006, he made several missteps in his campaign for governor, but in this 2014 run he's run a much tighter ship.

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6:00 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Despite Legalization, Marijuana Remains Divisive In Colorado Communities

Many towns in Colorado still ban the sale of recreational pot. That may change on election day as more towns and cities consider opening up sales to cash in on the heavily taxed drug.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

It’s been ten months since Colorado began allowing the recreational use of marijuana. But many towns across the state still don’t allow its sale. That may change this November. More than 20 communities in the state have marijuana issues on the ballot. 

"And here we have two cannabis plants that are mature and ready to be harvested," Scott Wilson says. "If you look at them you can see the purple on them and you can see the medicine on them."

Wilson owned the first medical marijuana store in Colorado’s Delta County.

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4:02 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Hickenlooper, Beauprez Spar on Marijuana, Student Loan Debt at CSU Debate

CSU Student Body President Samantha Guinn (right) asks both gubernatorial candidates about rising tuition costs for students.
Grace Hood KUNC

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 9:14 am

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and Republican challenger Bob Beaupre squared off in an hour-long debate Thursday, hosted by the Coloradoan and 9News. In front of a packed audience in Colorado State University's Lory Student Center, the candidates discussed a wide range of topics from marijuana to curbing higher education costs, birth control and same-sex marriage.

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4:51 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

2B Or Not 2B, That Is The Question

Credit flickr.com/cwhitfield

KVNF and the Paradise Theatre are hosting a live forum and/or debate on the retail marijuana issue, Question 2B.

The event will happen on Monday October 13th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Registered Issue Committees, "Citizens For A Sustainable Community" and "Citizens Protecting Our Youth" have both been invited to participate.

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9:46 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Udall, Gardner Tangle Over Reproductive Rights, D.C. Ties In Denver Post Debate

Udall - U.S. Senate | Gardner - U.S. House

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 7:21 am

Democratic Senator Mark Udall and Republican Congressman Cory Gardner had a spirited debate Tuesday night hosted by The Denver Post. Both candidates are locked in a tight race and both stayed on message in the hour-long debate.

Udall attacked Gardner as extreme and out of touch, Gardner criticized Udall for being in lockstep with President Barack Obama.

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1:14 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Millennial Voters Are Paying Attention — So Why Don't More Vote?

Rapper Lil Jon appears in a new ad for Rock the Vote's 2014 campaign. The organization was founded to get Generation X engaged in politics, and is adapting its tactics to reach millennials.
Courtesy of Rock the Vote

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 10:22 am

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

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2:46 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Colorado Gubernatorial Debate Reveals Pot Still Divisive

At least 21 municipalities in Colorado will have marijuana related questions on the ballot this November.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Ten months into legalization, marijuana continues to be a divisive issue at the state and local level.  

“I think any governor that looks at doing this before we see what the consequences are I would view it as reckless," Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper says during Monday's debate. 

Politico's Manu Raju, the moderator, asks Hickenlooper if it was reckless to legalize marijuana in the state.

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2:58 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Democrats Winning Big Money, GOP Winning Big Secret Money

Republican strategist Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS group is planning to spend at least $23 million in key Senate races in the final two months of the campaign. The group is a tax-exempt non-profit and is allowed to keep the names of its donors secret.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 12:28 pm

Democrats this election have done a good job attracting a lot of big donors, but Republicans appear to have the big advantage when it comes to big secret donors.

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9:09 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Both Sides Vie For The Youth Vote In Tightly Contested Colorado Senate Race

Daniel Almodovar and Stephen Shaw both attend CU-Boulder. They are undecided voters and neither is happy with the gridlock in Congress. They blame both political parties and the President.
Bo Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 4:48 pm

With Colorado's U.S. Senate race too close to call, both parties are on an all-out blitz to court as many voters as they can prior to the November election. The youth vote has traditionally helped Democrats, but Republicans see an opening with national support for President Obama falling among the millennial generation.

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9:24 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Colorado Senate District Five: A "Pivotal Race"

Ballots for the November 4th election go out in two weeks and one hotly contested race is in Colorado Senate District Five, which includes Pitkin and Eagle Counties.

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 10:18 am

In November the Republican party in Colorado is aiming for control of the State Senate and one key race is in the 5th Senate District. It includes Pitkin and Eagle Counties. The seat is up for grabs because Senator Gail Schwartz of Snowmass Village is term-limited. Three candidates, each new to state politics, are urging voters to turn out to the polls and, so-called “dark money” is flowing into the race. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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12:04 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

No Matter How Colorado Votes, GMO Labeling Debate Far From Finished

"I'm a label reader," says Denver resident Ben Hamilton. He sat on a citizen panel tasked with writing a report on proposition 105, which would require the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 11:41 am

Voters in Colorado will decide whether or not they want the state to require labels on foods containing genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs. The 2014 ballot measure highlights a much larger national conversation about the safety and prevalence of genetically modified foods.

If passed, food companies and farmers would need to affix on a food label the text: "Produced with genetic engineering" if the product contains certain genetically modified crops and their derived oils and sugars that end up in processed foods. Those in favor of the proposal, Proposition 105, claim consumers have a right to the information. Those opposed say it amounts to a fear campaign.

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10:38 am
Thu September 25, 2014

In Colorado's Tight Senate Contest, A Race To Court Women Voters

Kathy Holderith making calls at a GOP field office in Lakewood, Colo. Jefferson County is considered a key swing area in the close U.S. Senate race.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 10:09 am

Colorado's U.S. Senate race is a considered by many to be a tossup. Incumbent Senator Mark Udall and Republican Congressman Cory Gardner are trying to win over as many key voting blocs as they can before Election Day – and that includes women.

In the previous close Senate contest between appointed Democratic Senator Michael Bennet and Republican Ken Buck, women played a critical role. During the waning days of that 2010 race, Bennet focused his attention on the female vote – and narrowly won. With women making up 51.4 percent of all registered voters in Colorado this election, it's a scenario Democrats are hoping to repeat.

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4:08 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Anticipating Attacks, GOP Campaigns Focus On Courting Women Voters

In this ad from Republican Stewart Mills, his wife Heather says he dons pink heels each year to raise money for victims of domestic violence.
YouTube

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 8:57 pm

At the Democratic party's annual Women's Leadership Forum Friday, Hillary Clinton delivered a message that could have come straight from the script being used by Democratic candidates all over the country.

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7:42 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Polls Painting A Confusing Picture Of Colorado Races

On the left, Democrat Mark Udall, pictured on the right, Republican Cory Gardner.
Udall - US Senate | Gardner - US House

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 4:44 pm

Multiple polls on Colorado's U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races were recently released and there are some different perspectives on where things stand with just seven weeks until the November election.

Most polls show the U.S Senate race as being too close to call. The Denver Post recently gave incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Udall a narrow edge over his Republican challenger Congressman Cory Gardner, but within the margin of error. A separate USA Today Poll gives Gardner a one point edge. The most recent Quinnipiac Poll was more of an outlier. It gave Gardner the lead, 48 – 40 over Udall.

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1:30 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Changing Tack, GOP Candidates Support Over-The-Counter Birth Control

iStockPhoto

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 12:32 pm

A string of Republican candidates for Senate are supporting an issue usually associated with Democrats: easier access to contraception.

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3:28 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Colorado Republicans Buck National Party Trends On Immigration

Republican Colorado state Sen. George Rivera says the GOP's pitch of small government, low taxes and traditional values is starting to resonate with the state's Latino voters.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 5:04 pm

Steel mills, unions and the Democratic Party have defined politics in Pueblo, Colo., for decades. But that doesn't discourage George Rivera.

"When we look at values, when we look at who we are, especially as Hispanics, our values tend to be conservative," Rivera says.

Rivera, a retired deputy police chief, is going door to door for votes in a neighborhood east of downtown, near where he grew up. Last summer, he unseated local Democrat Angela Giron in the state Legislature, in a high-profile recall election that focused on guns.

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11:38 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Colo. Democrats Bet On Immigration To Boost Udall's Re-Election Bid

Sonia Marquez of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition is encouraging Latinos to turn out for this year's midterm elections.
Kirk Siegler NPR

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 11:25 am

In southwest Denver, a wave of immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador has settled in the neighborhoods around the intersection of Federal Boulevard and Alameda Avenue.

Billboards are in Spanish. Chile stands, taquerias and Asian noodle houses line the streets.

In a small office plaza across from a carniceria, a group of Latino activists are staging a press conference to roll out their Immigration Voter Accountability Project.

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2:14 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

To Resolve Feud Over Fracking, Colo. Democrats Turn To Plan C

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 6:51 pm

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has announced a last-minute compromise to avert a costly political battle over oil and gas drilling. As Dan Boyce of Inside Energy reports, the deal is meant to find a solution to disputes related to fracking — but it also serves the political interests of Colorado Democrats.

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3:14 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Tapia Campaigns In The North Fork, Talks Jobs

Democrat Abel Tapia is running for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District seat.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Democrat Abel Tapia is challenging Republican Congressman Scott Tipton for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District seat. The 3rd District covers most of Western Colorado. Tapia campaigned in the North Fork Valley Friday evening. KVNF's Laura Palmisano interviewed Tapia at a voter meet-and-greet in Paonia.

Interview Transcript 

PALMISANO: The Western Slope is typically very red. What do you think your chances are running against a Republican in this district?

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